An Illustration of a Festive Table

Deep inside the goody bag from the Amara Blog Awards last month I found the sweetest handkerchief emblazoned with an illustration of a most handsome stag.

So when the illustration duo Thornback & Peel got in touch to ask me to work with them there was no hesitation on my part. As you know I only work with brands that I’m genuinely a fan of and those that I think you’ll like too.

What I like about these illustrations is that they seem so British, these are the types of prints you’ve seen as a child in encyclopaedias or perhaps in a National Trust property. They feel comforting to me almost, the colours used add to the sense of heritage.

Thornback & Peel’s work is heavily influenced by early imagery of the natural world. Before photography took over- the natural world was all recorded with exquisite and detailed illustrations such as those by Charles Darwin on his many exploratory voyages.

I’ve gone with a slightly festive table style here using the Robin & Holly Design along with that wonderful Stag & Mistletoe- this time on a tea table robin placemats

These placemats and coasters will really come in handy this year. I’m always on the lookout for sturdy and wipeable placemats but as you know I’m a bit of a fusspot, and rarely see designs I like. Most being a bit on the bland or “safe” end of the spectrum, in otherwords dull and boring. These are anything but that.

I defy anyone not to be cheered by the sight of a Christmas Robin, or a Robin any time of year for that matter. They are such a beautiful and festive bird.bay leaves roasting tin robin placemats

The mats and coasters are melamine with a cork back and have that slightly weighty feel of something that perhaps costs a bit more, but the quality you are getting in return is of a much higher standard.

I love the fact that despite being different prints, the stag and the robin go so well together. I actually think the whole collection would look great mismatched as they all have the same style.

Oh and I just have to share with you another design or theirs which I’ve fallen for, this delft blue sardine print!! See all the different designs here.delft blue sardine print


I received these products for the purposes of this review


  1. November 25, 2015 / 4:05 pm

    Aw, my 70’s/80’s childhood has come flooding back…!

    • November 25, 2015 / 7:50 pm

      The wine goblets and roasting tin right?!

  2. November 27, 2015 / 2:25 pm

    I have the handkerchief too, and I agree I love those kind of detailed drawings. ;ovely post!

  3. November 27, 2015 / 5:07 pm

    Very pretty designs! I love the look of the stag and mistletoe tea towel.

  4. November 27, 2015 / 7:59 pm

    Looks really lovely. Very festive indeed.

  5. November 28, 2015 / 8:40 pm

    I’ve been a big fan of their designs for years. The rabbits are my fav

  6. Jen Stanbrook
    December 1, 2015 / 11:06 am

    A very cute selection, we always have a Christmas Robin in our house somewhere, as it’s my Dad’s name! x

    • December 1, 2015 / 12:51 pm

      Ah great name, have a lovely day x

  7. Hannah in the house
    December 1, 2015 / 2:03 pm

    the stag! so cool! xx